It was Swami Chinmayananda’s vision to have a chain of academies similar to Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai, all over India. He felt that the students should be able to give discourses in the native languages of the region.
Inspired by this vision, Swamini Sharadapriyananda started Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Chinmayaranyam in Telugu and English, but with a difference. The duration of the Course varied from three and a half to four years. When any seeker approached Swamini Sharadapriyananda, she would take them in and start teaching. She would cover all training within four years. Sometimes, some of the brahmacharis would accompany her during her Yajnas in other parts of India, while the rest would stay in the ashrama. All students were exposed to seva (service), upasana (worship) and sravanam (listening and learning) during the Course.
‘Chinmayaranyam’ in Andhra Pradesh also conducted a highly successful 11-month course called the Dharma Veera Course, for empowering householders to teach Vedanta. This concept has been replicated and is being offered in Chinmaya Mission as the Dharma Sevak Course.
On April 14, 1985, Sandeepany Prayag was born at Allahabad. Br. Vishal Chaitanya (now Swami Subodhananda) who had just completed the first Hindi Course at Sandeepany Himalayas, was appointed the Acharya. The Course, in Hindi consisted of seven students and was completed on March 31, 1987.
On Mahashivaratri Day, February 16, 1988, Sandeepany Kerala came into existence at Kasaragod, at the northern tip of Kerala. This was the fifth Sandeepany institute to be opened in India by Swami Chinmayananda. Twenty-one students participated in the first Course, which was conducted between 1988 and 1990. In 1994, Sandeepany Kerala was shifted to the Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) at Adi Sankara Nilayam, Kochi, where the second Course ran from 1994 to 1997.
On May 8, 1988, Swami Chinmayanada inaugurated Sandeepany Tamil Nadu at Chinmaya Gardens, Coimbatore. Since then, several Vedanta courses have been successfully held here catering to Tamil-speaking students.
Sandeepany Karnataka was the seventh Vedanta institute in India. In his inaugural message on May 10, 1988, Swami Chinmayananda referred to the efforts of Adi Shankaracharya who brought about spiritual revival by setting up the organisational branches in the different parts of the country. Sandeepany Karnataka now functions from Chokkahalli, a beautiful retreat that also houses a grand temple of Lord Shiva.
Chinmaya Mission, South Africa launched a six-month Vedanta course in March 2011. It was the first time in the history of Chinmaya Mission that a course of this type was held. Eleven devotees took advantage of the rare opportunity to study Vedantic scriptures under the guidance of Swami Abhedananda of CM Durban. Texts covered were Tattva Bodh, Upadesha Sara, Pramana Vichar, Ishavasya Upanishad and the Bhagavad-gita. In addition, students learnt meditation, Sanskrit and Vedic chanting as well as how to conduct various pujas and havans and organise Bala Vihar and CHYK camps.
These courses, conducted by different Swamins of the Chinmaya Mission, continue to date and their frequency is dependent on the number of interested and committed students.
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